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Europe’s top 50 millennial-led startups will be unveiled at a major innovation summit later this month.

The EU Top 50 platform is a new addition to the annual European Innovation Summit, and was launched this year by Knowledge4Innovation, which organises the summit — in cooperation with IncubatorEurope and Glowfly. It is targeted at young companies pioneering new products and solutions that can help overcome the continent’s most pressing challenges.

“We’re on a mission to find Millennials providing solutions for major challenges” says Dr Roland Strauss, Managing Director of Knowledge4Innovation. “We understand the importance of knowledge exchange and the need to empower the region’s most promising young founders.

The 50, which represent 26 European countries, will take part in a startup convention, being held in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament, Brussels, on 28 November. One of the keynote speakers is ‘serial pioneer’, Bertrand Piccard.

“These millennial founders have solutions which will disrupt entire industries, and I strongly believe they have the potential to make a global impact. Many of these startups will potentially directly impact our quality of life, safety and wellbeing,” said Karolina Stawinska, Co-founder of Glowfly & Head of the EU top 50 Selection Committee.

She continued: “We have startups on the list such as Corti.ai, a Swedish startup using machine learning to aid emergency stations using auto-speech recognition to diagnose cardiac arrest with 92% accuracy. Not only do they reduce the error by 80% they allow more patients to get the right treatment, seventy times faster. Fotokite, a Swiss startup is the first ever UAV technology to be approved by aviation authorities for commercial use in cities and above crowds of people. Firefighters and public safety teams can use the system for immediate aerial situational awareness. The young founders have great traction and their technology has already been adopted by both BBC and CNN. Our youngest founders are three twenty-year-old entrepreneurs behind Bioo, a clean-tech company capable of generating electricity from plant’s photosynthesis. Their mission is to turn forests into future energy stations. With nearly 8000 customers joining their movement they are leading a green revolution in which plants will provide the most sustainable and competitive energy source charging our cities in the future. Here is a sneak peek of Europe’s Top 50 Founders. ”

Join what promises to be an amazing day of game-changing pitches and workshops, framed around frontier technologies that can accelerate positive societal changes. Register now.

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And Innovators Magazine is producing a special EU50 edition, with support from K4I and Glowfly, which includes an exclusive interview with Bertrand Piccard. There is still time to book your space.